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floodgates

a term referring to the metaphor of the floodgates of litigation, the notion that there is potentially an ocean of potential litigants with potential claims who would, if the floodgates were opened, engulf the courts and inundate the courts of justice. It is often referred to by citing a dictum of Cardozo, as a fear of creating ‘liability in an indeterminate amount for an indeterminate time to an indeterminate class’. See ECONOMIC LOSS, NERVOUS SHOCK.
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The project also called for the installation of 25 floodgates (located at entrances and drives), submarine doors, and a series of valves and lift stations to isolate the sanitary and storm systems.
Fallows very humanely got up, and taking a servant and lights with him, he found a man and a woman nearly exhausted, and clinging to the floodgates, and thus keeping their heads above water.
The (Israeli) army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to Central Gaza, which led to the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel," Gaza's CDD said in a statement, the Anadolu agency reported.
15, the 10-meter-by-30-meter second gate weighs more than 3,000 tons, and can slide back and forth on rolling wheels, something the old hinged floodgates cannot do.
The second of the dam's three floodgates malfunctioned last week and remained shut as workers continue repairs on another floodgate that failed nearly three years ago.
Colon, Panama- The final four floodgates that will be used to expand the Panama Canal arrived from Italy Wednesday, putting the behind-schedule, over-budget project on track for completion in early 2016.
STAFF at the Environment Agency have been testing the floodgates in Yarm, to make sure they will stand up against the ongoing bad weather and the possible threat posed by flooding.
The "sunset clause" provision would allow changes if they open the floodgates to women wanting to end their pregnancies.
Contrary to claims that the Manggahan floodgates were opened during the "Habagat" flood, the Marikina River water level--as reported in the website of the city government of Marikina during the flood (Aug.
com)-- The McDonald Hyundai Hope Foundation has joined forces with Weatherproof Roofing and Floodgates Ministries to help raise funds for childhood cancer patients and families by sponsoring their charity golf tournament.
PM Press, a young and vibrant anarchist publishing house in San Francisco, have reissued The Floodgates of Anarchy, a seminal work by two stalwarts of British anarchism, Stuart Christie and Albert Meltzer.
THE verdict in the Miriam O'Reilly tribunal could open the floodgates to a raft of similar claims, experts and analysts said last night.